Upstairs, Downstairs: Season 5, Episode 11

Alberto (27 Mar. 1977)

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Frederick considers his future when he feels his talents are largely wasted in the Bellamy household.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Joan Benham ...
Christopher Beeny ...
Gareth Hunt ...
Jacqueline Tong ...
Madeleine Cannon ...
Lady Dolly Hale
Seymour Green ...
Paul Marvin
Rowland Davies ...
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It's June 1927 and Georgina has decided to take a turn acting in the movies which has become all the rage. She's introduced to movie producer Paul Marvin by her friend Lady Dorothy Hale and after a few drinks, he invites her to be in one of his films. After seeing an announcement in the paper, James lets her know in no uncertain terms that he's dead set set against it and tells her she's embarrassing herself and the household. Frederick the footman meanwhile is unhappy with his lot in life. It's not just that Edward has been made the under butler, it's that he's beginning to wonder if - and where - the grass might be greener. After flirting with Dorothy he is soon having an affair with her and accompanying her on outings with her friends. Lady Dorothy steps over the mark when as a joke she arranges for Frederick to play the part of her lover in the movie. It might have all blown over if it weren't for the fact that James and Lady Prudence decide to drop by the studio to see Georgina's... Written by garykmcd

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Frederick: I've been seein' quite a bit lately of... Lady Dorothy Hale, you see.
Mrs. Bridges: [Shocked] Seeing a bit of her?
Frederick: Seein' all of her if you want to know.
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Frederick gets a taste for the new life!
21 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

June, 1927, Frederick the Footman is discontented with his lot at 165 - particularly after Edward was made 'Under Butler' instead of him, and so he seeks his ambition elsewhere.

Lady Dolly Hale, a rather 'scatty' friend of Miss Georgian's, takes a shine to 'Fred', and introduces him to a whole new way of life. Frederick likes this new life, and means to have it on a permanent basis! Georgina gets a part in a film as a prostitute to James' fury. What makes it even worse, is that he and 'Aunt Prue' turn up to watch her, only to find out that Frederick is playing the man who's about to take advantage of her easy virtue... This was set up as a prank by Lady Dolly who finds everything in life a joke. James loses his temper and wrecks the whole film... As a consequence, Frederick can hardly stay on at 165 as Footman after this, and doesn't wish to carry on his relationship with Lad Dolly either, and so having felt he's found his 'niche' in society, he leaves Eaton Place to seek his fortune.

One of the most touching scenes ever is featured in this episode, when Lady Prudence, a very old and dear friend of the Bellamy family, sees James' unrequited love for his cousin Georgina, and picks up on his despair of life in general, and sounds almost like his dear mother, Lady Marjorie, when she lightly touches him under the chin and says; 'chin up darling'. Old friends of the family were made for this kind of thing in real-life. James looks like the lost boy he's become, and whose life is in tatters and needs the comfort of his mother, whose children never grow up - and Lady Prue is the next best thing and a wonderful substitute. This is beautifully scened and scripted.

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